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Ciao Ristorante Italiano

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2015 E Vista Way, Vista, CA 92084-3322 (Formerly Ciao Italian Restaurant)
+1 760-630-7333
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Carlsbad, California
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218 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Ciao is worth the extra effort to find. This restaurant is not located in a touristy area of SD county. Consequently; Ciao caters to locals looking for great meals at reasonable prices. We shared a Caprese salad and my wife had a GF veal dish and I totally devoured their Stuffed Shells with a side of Italian sausage. The bottle... More 

Thank db7477
Vista, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

It was pretty good and the service was good. My husband raves about their pizza. I have not had the pizza. The restaurant seems very family oriented and cozy.

1 Thank habikat
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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278 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Great Italian restaurant with exceptional service and even more exceptional food. After living in Italy for nearly three years I found they served very authentic Italian dishes. The Veal Parmigana was well prepared, tender, and served with a very flavorable sauce. It was also very large and extended over each side of the plate. My wife had the Pescatore that... More 

Thank JimH88011
Vista, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Outstanding flavors and incredible range to suit all taste palates. Large salads are amazing-enough to serve 4, offering many selections. Willing to add or substitute ingredients for the picky. Fresh.

Thank Donna H
Overgaard, Arizona
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The service was terrific and every part of the meal was done well. The salad was delicious and served on chilled plates with chilled forks. The entrees were piping hot and perfect! It is one of the best Italian Restaurants we have ever visited. Definitely will return when we are back in the area!!

Thank 333DMD3333
Vista, California
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Love, Love, Love Ciao's! 90% of the clientele are 'regulars' . . . when you walk in - You are greeted like Family! The food is Always High Quality, Fresh, & Flavorful!! They have a Great Lunch M - F . . . One of our All Time Favorite Restaurants in North County!!

Thank BonsallDeb
Vista, California, United States
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Authentic food, well prepared and friendly family members serving food with a smile. I have been there several times, for both dining and take-out. Last time I was there for take-out, I asked about the tiramisu and didn't order it then, but my orders of ravioli and manicotti were accompanied by a piece of their tiramisu for us to try.... More 

1 Thank ibmistered
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304 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Nice family-run Italian restaurant. Good selection of regular menu items, and specials.I had a linguini with sauté cod & shrimp.very fresh and delicious. We all shared a fried zucchini appetizer, also fresh and good. Had a bottle of Argentina Malbec. That was good but not great. Our waitress was super friendly and we enjoyed our meal. Prices reasonable and large... More 

1 Thank corptool
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

I read the reviews and was looking forward to my family and I eating some good Italian food. I ordered the lasagna. As I waited I observed a woman that was working go near the buffet area, get on her hands and knees and scrub a spot on a floor rug. To my horror she stood up and wiped the... More 

1 Thank Pete A
1 review
Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

First time visiting Ciao and what a gem! Everything about our dinner was fantastic. Would highly recommend!

Thank John B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 25
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2015 E Vista Way, Vista, CA 92084-3322 (Formerly Ciao Italian Restaurant)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Vista
  • Phone Number: +1 760-630-7333

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?